Times Past: Highland School, Grade 1, 1962

  • Grade 1 students at the Highland School in Athol pose for a class photo in 1962. The school was demolished in 1968 when the Pleasant Street School was constructed. Left to right, front row — Mark Litchfield, Donald Batchelor, Debbie Morse, Nancy Goulding, Bonnie Petrie, Michael May, Lynn Begor, Karen Cummings. Second row — Steven Morse, Wayne Grimes, Patty Maroni, Mark Gunter, William Meuse, Gary Euvrard, Nick Coppolino, Leo McCarthy. Third row — Michael Burgess, Gary Cullen, Maureen Manewich, Susan Ware, Denise Merron, Nancy Batchelor, Pauline Wilson. Fourth row — Gail Baldwin, Brenda Baldwin, Bruce Bevis, Richard Bourdeau, Judy McIntosh, Judy Whelpley, Andrea Mallet. SUBMITTED COURTESY MARILYN MCINTOSH

Published: 8/12/2019 9:42:15 PM
Modified: 8/13/2019 11:20:27 AM

Steeplejacks from North Star Rigging and Painting Co. have started making repairs and painting the steeple of the Athol Congregational Church.

Dan Bradford of Athol, with the help of about a dozen friends, recently decorated his van in a 60s “peace, love” theme as he prepared for his trip to the Woodstock ‘94 concert in New York.

Athol Fire Chief Lee Lozier has been elected president of the Western Massachusetts Fire Chiefs’ Association. Orange Fire Chief Dennis Annear has been elected vice-president. There are 90 members in the association representing fire departments from Gardner to Pittsfield.

The Pioneer Junior Women’s Club recently purchased a remote door-opening device that unlatches the police cruiser door for Orange Police K-9 Ajo. The device allows the K-9 quick exit to aid in the apprehension of suspects. Estey’s Garage donated time to install the device.

The conservation commission and their engineering consultants agreed that Wal-Mart’s plans for constructing a 79,400-square-foot retail store on East Main Street in Orange are looking good.

The Senate, angered by the ballooning cost of a super-secret spy complex in the Virginia suburbs, voted 99-0 to cap the project at $310 million and ordered that more details be provided to lawmakers. The complex of four buildings on 68 acres near Dulles International Airport is being built for the National Reconnaissance Office, a secretive agency, that conducts some of the country’s most sophisticated spying. The scope of the building project became known only this week after auditors for the Senate Intelligence Committee discovered the cost had soared from $186 million originally estimated to $345 million without notification of lawmakers. President Clinton immediately declassified the project and ordered an internal investigation into the cost increases.


Breakfast was served in the Athol High School cafeteria to 11 bicyclists from New York City, Washington, D.C., New Jersey and California. Cafeteria director R. Terry Adams, and student workers, supervised by Mrs. Marilyn Earley and Mrs. Jane Teel, prepared ham and eggs for the city teenagers who camped, with permission of Athol Police, on Lake Ellis beach. The cyclists, led by Miss Aimee Allen, a junior high school English teacher from Santa Barbara, Calif., are part of a group sponsored by the American Youth Hostel Association.

Jeffrey K. Hume, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Hume of Orange, is home from Vietnam. He has been awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Air Medal with 18 oak leaf clusters. Serving as a helicopter crew chief, he logged 825 hours in the air.

Orange selectmen tabled for further study an inquiry regarding backup ambulance service at $100 per year for Orange ambulance from the Allied Ambulance Service. The selectboard reported lights on Route 202 at the junction of Eagleville Road and near the Gateway Motel and Kingdom could not be considered until total cost is investigated. Selectmen sent a letter to Robert Zerinsky at Pioneer Valley Drive-In Theatre informing him that no funds are available for lights this year. According to the letter, lights will be an item in next year’s budget.

Orange police reported that most articles stolen in two breaks involving juvenile campers from Boston, who spent the weekend at Packard Heights, have been recovered. Included were a shotgun, a rifle, a record player and a clock. Still missing is a television set.

Careless picnickers at Queen Lake Public Beach on Route 101 in Phillipston left a trashy memento of their visit. The picnickers left corn cobs, meat scraps, used paper plates and napkins behind, littering the beach. Not 25 feet away sat an empty rubbish barrel.

Freed from three weeks of isolation, the Apollo 11 astronauts relaxed with their families before plunging into a hectic round of celebrations of their historic moon landing.


William G. Lord, chairman of the Athol War Finance Committee, on behalf of the committee, expressed “the very deep appreciation of the committee to all those who assisted in the task” of selling “E” Bonds during the Fifth War Loan drive. Athol sold, of all issues, $3,014,000, which is 108.64 percent of her quota.

Mrs. Ann C. Russell, of Athol, has received notification from the War Department that her husband, Pfc. George L. Russell, who was seriously wounded in action on June 6, D-Day, somewhere in France, has been awarded the Purple Heart. Prior to induction he was employed at the L.S. Starrett Co.

First Lt. Theodore Simmington, Jr., 26, U.S. Army, was seriously wounded in France on July 16 according to a telegram received from the War Department by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Simmington of Orange. Although the official notification did not state the nature of his wound, a letter has been received from him saying that he has lost his right leg above the knee, while the left leg is badly fractured. Lt. Simmington, a graduate of Orange High School, entered the service with the local National Guard Unit in January, 1941. Prior to this he had been employed the Home Supply Company in Orange.

Mr. and Mrs. Adelbert Merchant, of Wendell, have received a telegram that their son, Pvt. Calvin Merchant, has been killed in action in Normandy. Pvt. Merchant was born in Wendell and educated in the town schools and New Salem Academy and worked in Erving before his induction.

American troops, wheeled toward the east from overwhelmed Brittany, pressed on a 50-mile front toward Paris, 135 miles away, and the Germans were reported moving some of their administrative offices from the threatened French capital.

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